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Education

From traditional schools to progressive programs, Chronogram’s coverage of educational opportunities in the Hudson Valley is wide reaching. Feature articles address controversial issues, like technology and meditation in the classroom, as well as interviews with educators and students. Nontraditional educational opportunities in the Hudson Valley, like Waldorf and Montessori schools, are profiled so that parents can make a more informed decision about where their child goes to school.

Continuing Curriculum: In-Person Adult Education Resumes

Continuing Curriculum: In-Person Adult Education Resumes

The Hudson Valley's diverse centers of continuing education from museums to schools are finally reopening their various campuses for in-person learning.

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Wild, Wild Life

The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Reopens for Events and Programs
The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum reopens for events and programs.

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Music School Spotlight: Rock Academy

A spotlight on Chronogrammies winner in the category of Music School: Rock Academy in Woodstock.

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Clarkson’s Beacon Institute Is Moving to Its New Home at Dennings Point This Month

For over a decade, Clarkson University’s Beacon Institute has been a mainstay of downtown Beacon. From its location on Main Street, the Institute has become a leading voice in research into healthy water solutions in the region and has been an important local resource for STEM-driven educational programs for K-12 students, families, and the public alike. This June marks a major milestone for the growth of the Institute, as it officially relocates just a few miles south to Dennings Point—a scenic 64-acre peninsula that juts into the Hudson River and is part of the Hudson Highlands State Park.

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Freedom Ride

Young activists in Poughkeepsie complete a traveling BLM mural.

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A Year Of Opportunities

For Clarkson University, the pandemic has opened the doors for greater collaboration and K-12 classroom support
COVID was a huge hurdle for many schools. But for educators at Clarkson, the doors were thrown open to plentiful opportunities, too. From the Hudson Valley to the North Country, the university continued to develop and enhance meaningful programs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.

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The Homestead School Announces Expansion into High School

The move will make Homestead the first Montessori school in the region to offer education for grades PreK-12
In the 42 years since the Homestead School was founded in Glen Spey, its nature-based, humanitarian Montessori education has nourished thousands of self-motivated students and instilled a greater sense of responsibility to community and to the Earth. Originally only offering grades PreK-2, the school has thoughtfully expanded to grade 8 over the years to meet the needs of its growing families and students. This year, the school is making another transformative leap forward into high school. The move will make Homestead the first Montessori school in the region to offer the educational model for grades PreK-12.

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Swept Downstream: On A Year Of Education During The Pandemic

Onteora junior Sophie Frank has had a tough year battling the isolating and often times frustrating task of attending high school from behind a screen.

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Dharma Doesn't Change

Teaching Anti-Racism In A Buddhist Context
At Middle Way School in Saugerties, preteens learn important lessons through integrated anti-racist lesson plans centered around black activists and creators.

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2021 Hudson Valley Summer Camps & Programs

The Hudson Valley is a great place to be a kid, even during a pandemic. Here are some summer camps in the region that offer the quintessential summertime experience.

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Beacon Institute’s New Summer Programs Will Get Kids Outdoors and Into Science

With signs of spring popping up across the Hudson Valley, parents are already looking forward to the promise of safe summer activities that will finally get their kids back outside. And there are few better places to explore the wonder of the natural world than with Clarkson University’s Beacon Institute. This summer, the Institute will be offering several hands-on programs for elementary, middle, and high schoolers, with an emphasis on engaging students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields.

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The Art Effect: Helping Young Artists Thrive During the Pandemic

The Poughkeepsie-Based Nonprofit Is Continuing to Offer a Robust Array of In-Person Classes, Summer Camps, and Events
For burgeoning young artists in the Hudson Valley, The Art Effect is more than just a place to take art classes. It’s a community that supports young people’s interests in visual art and media from kindergarten through high school, and gives them access to the kinds of resources they need to explore creative expression through painting, sculpture, film, and more. “The Art Effect is a lot of different things for students. It’s a place where they can advance art skills, but they also have friends there, and it’s a space where they can feel safe and heard,” says Executive Director Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt. So when the pandemic hit the region last year, the staff at the Poughkeepsie-based nonprofit knew that they had to do everything they could to keep that community strong. In March, the organization quickly shifted all of its programming online while looking for ways to continue engaging its students. To help keep students inspired at home, they provided daily bilingual art project prompts on social media. They also pivoted the projects for its sessions of Spark Studios, its media-based workforce development program that trains high schoolers in video production, to smartphones, iPads, and laptops, and loaned out devices to every student in the program. And in May, its annual Reel Exposure International Teen Film & Photography Festival transformed from a one-day in-person event to a three-day festival live streamed on YouTube and Facebook, reaching over 750 people, double the typical audience. This year’s event will take place from April 7-9, with a photo exhibition opening on April 7 followed by virtual film screens, a Q&A, and awards on April 8 and 9. The photo exhibition will be on display at the Trolley Barn Gallery through May 13. While virtual programming helped bridge the gap last spring, there was still no substitute for the kind of hands-on learning experience that in-person instruction and collaboration provides. “We were fortunate to have these digital tools to keep students engaged, but we were so excited to have the chance to get back together,” says Fenichel-Hewitt. “As soon as we could after the pandemic began, we started to offer in-person programs because we saw that the young people we work with and service were lacking that connection with each other and their community.” Since last July, The Art Effect has successfully welcomed students back in smaller numbers for in-person programs, without any reported cases of Covid. “Safety precautions have become kind of routine for us and everybody has been respectful of them,” says Fenichel-Hewitt. This summer, the organization plans to provide even more opportunities for students craving in-person creative opportunities through the return of its beloved camps, Dutchess and Ulster Arts Camps for ages 4-10, Junior Arts Institute for ages 11-13, and Summer Art Institute for ages 14-19. Each of the camps will offer ample opportunity for students to work outside whenever possible, or in larger spaces like the nearby Barrett Art Center and the Trolley Barn, a newly renovated space on Main Street, home to The Art Effect’s new 3,000-square-foot gallery space. “One of the perks of the pandemic is that it offers more experiences outside that can incorporate nature and where students can do art making in a safe way,” Fenichel-Hewitt says. During the four, week-long sessions of the Dutchess and Ulster arts camps, which will take place at the Pershing Avenue location or SUNY New Paltz, children will explore their artistic abilities and work on creative projects. The two-week-long Junior Art Institute, which will be hosted for two sessions at the Barrett Art Center and one session virtually, will help children learn new skills in painting, 3-D sculptures, and mixed media. Hosted at the Trolley Barn, the two sessions of the three-week-long intensive Summer Art Institute, which will focus on drawing and painting, will provide artistically motivated teens the ability to develop their creativity and build skills that prepare them for advanced study and careers in the visual arts. “We’ve heard from so many of our students and their parents that they have been appreciative of some chance of some return to normalcy,” says Fenichel-Hewitt. “It’s been an unbelievably challenging year in every aspect of the organization and individuals’ lives.” Despite all the ups and downs of the last year, The Art Effect has continued to provide its students with creative opportunities that allow them to draw on their experiences during the pandemic. “Home Sick,” an exhibition that opened at the Trolley Barn in late February, was entirely juried by the organization’s students—the first in a series of student-led shows. The show is a complex curation of the outpouring of expression from 58 artists around the globe as they worked through the tumultuous events of the last year. “It wasn’t just a time of pandemic. There was political upheaval with the election, and such incredible movements like Black Lives Matter happening that created a heightened emotional time for everybody,” says Fenichel-Hewitt. “For the students, it’s also been a time for such beautiful expression to come out.” Feelthearteffect.org ...

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Citizenship 101: Using Civics to Cultivate Responsible Citizens

A conversation with local civics teachers and professors on how we teach civics and what may help make us better citizens

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Solving the STEM Jobs Crisis

How Clarkson University is Strengthening the Educational Ecosystem
Using the Hudson River as a natural lab for learning, Clarkson’s Beacon Institute is connecting local students to STEM activities.

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Summer Camps & Programs

From utilizing their imagination in the woods with friends to learning to care for gentle giants at an equine nonprofit, Summer in the Hudson Valley is a great time for kids, even during a pandemic!

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Kingston Catholic School’s In-Person Reopening Plan Has Been a Success

When schools shut down last March, many educators were left wondering how they could possibly adapt to the pandemic’s new normal. But the Catholic Archdiocese of New York lost no time, immediately setting to work designing reopening plans for its more than 150 New York schools, in consultation with a team of architects, healthcare consultants, school leaders, and staff. The large-scale, proactive effort has played a vital role in allowing Kingston Catholic Schoo. to remain open for all five days a week since last fall.

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Vinyasa Yoga Class with Gigi $15 @ Cornell Creative Arts Center

Vinyasa Yoga Class with Gigi $15

Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Continues through Aug. 26 — This Vinyasa (flowing breath) class is a dynamic sequence in the practice...
Family Class! Intro to Watercolor Painting: African Savannah with Shanna @ Cornell Creative Arts Center

Family Class! Intro to Watercolor Painting: African Savannah with Shanna

Thu., Aug. 5, 5:30 p.m. — In this class students will learn to make a variegated wash and...

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Hudson Valley Schools

Chronogram’s school coverage ranges from elementary school and high school to early college programs and higher education in Upstate New York. Bard College at Simon’s Rock offers a nontraditional college for the early achiever while continuing education opportunities in the Hudson Valley include classes and programs for adults getting a late start. Interviews with local educators, like Vassar College President Catherine Hill, give a sense of the infrastructure of local school systems. Our Education Almanac offers a resource for navigating the wide-variety of educational offerings in the Hudson Valley, including Woodstock schools, Kingston schools, and more.

Hudson Valley Camps

Chronogram’s coverage of Hudson Valley summer camps includes programs available through the YMCA, local schools, nature museums, adventure camps, and arts and culture programs. We feature comprehensive almanacs detailing available summer camps in the area, as well as more detailed program lists for specific organizations, like Poughkeepsie Day School and Mill Street Loft.